im·​pact·​ful im-ˈpakt-fəl How to pronounce impactful (audio) ˈim-ˌpakt-fəl How to pronounce impactful (audio)
: having a forceful impact : producing a marked impression
impactful song lyrics
impactful humanitarian efforts
Fashion loves a big expansive gesture, but a small one can be pretty impactful, too. Mark Holgate

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The power of a little black bodysuit is just as impactful as a little black dress. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 18 Nov. 2022 Google brings new features to Chrome all the time, but not all of them are quite as impactful as the three coming later this month. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 5 Nov. 2022 But no Oriole has been as consistently impactful as Anthony Santander. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 26 Sep. 2022 Zendaya's sparkling shirtdress and sky-high silver heels definitely made a splash at the 2015 BET Awards, but her dramatic pixie cut and glam makeup were just as impactful. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 12 Sep. 2022 Raylee Leiman has hit home runs for her high school softball team, but her efforts off the field have been just as impactful. Gary Curreri, Sun Sentinel, 25 Aug. 2022 Understanding your Chiron placement can be just as impactful as knowing your sun sign, moon sign, or rising sign. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 11 Aug. 2022 Our ideas and expertise are only as impactful as our clients’ willingness to be courageous, whether through design, experiences, or communications. Outside Online, 22 June 2022 But fully electrifying a home and investing in renewable power, such as a large-scale community solar project, can be just as impactful. Jon Gorey,, 12 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of impactful was in 1939

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Cite this Entry

“Impactful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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